CLEVELAND - You've probably noticed it's getting darker sooner.
The sun is setting across northern Ohio just before 8 p.m. now. Remember, that's a full hour and 10 minutes earlier than on June 21.
Now, the loss of daylight really gets cranking. Here are some stats for sunrise and sunset times:
On Sept. 1, the sun rises in Cleveland at 6:54 a.m. and sets at 8 p.m. On that day, northern Ohio sees 13 hours, 6 minutes of daylight.
By Sept. 30, first light arrives at 7:22 a.m. and fades at 7:11 p.m.. That's 11hours, 47 minutes of daylight or a loss of 79 minutes of daylight during the months. We're losing about 2 minutes and 43 seconds of daylight per day.
In Akron and Canton, the sunrise/sunset times are about the same. Sept. 1, sunrise is 6:52 a.m. Sunset time is 8 p.m. By the end of the month, Akron and Canton, too, will have lost 78 minutes of daylight, give or take a few seconds. Sunrise is 7:21 a.m.; Sunset is 7:11 p.m.
Of course, the shortest day of the year is Dec. 21. On that day, we'll have only 9 hours, 10 minutes and 12 seconds of daylight. What's worse, the sun sets on that day at 5 p.m. Most of you are arriving home from work or school in the dark.
As for temperatures, the average high on Sept. 1 for Cleveland is 79 degrees. By the end of September, highs average 68 degrees. We lose 11 degrees in 30 days.
Akron and Canton see normal highs on Sept. 1 rise to near 78 degrees. By Sept. 30, average daily highs have dropped 11 degrees to 67.
Yes. Fall is the month of transition.